Originally Posted by kate502
Vyking, when you said about 12 months, do you mean when all the pain is gone? I am planning to return to work during mid February, is it too soon?
It really depends on what kind of work you do and if your cardio/surgeon gives the ok.
The 12 months from my point of view is when you will completely feel back to normal and start to feel good about yourself.
Up until the 1 year mark you will have all kinds of pains, (nothing serious) just odd sensations and bouts of weakness and dizziness - I think you tend to notice these things more after the traumatic surgery you have been through.
You will also have periods of depression and anger, please see your doc and get meds to help with this.
Heart surgery is a funny thing and nobody can understand the way you feel unless they have been through it themselves - it is a mental healing as well as a physical one and family and friends just don't understand why you're not back to your normal old self after x amount of time.
You will probably notice big improvements in your healing every 3 months - it's a long hard road to recovery some people heal faster than others.
Believe me - IT DOES GET BETTER, it just takes time.